Pakistan v Australia, 1st MCC Spirit of Cricket Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 15, 2010

Aamer cleverer than I was at 18 - Wasim Akram

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer's four-wicket haul in the first innings at Lord's has led pace legend Wasim Akram to comment that Aamer "is much cleverer than I was at 18". Aamer, a left-arm seamer like Akram has impressed since he burst on the Test scene in 2009 leading to comparisons between the two. Akram's endorsement comes as a confidence booster for the young seamer who is part of Pakistan's talented pace attack for the England tour.

"It was exciting to watch Aamer bowl so well at Lord's," Akram told AFP after Aamer finished with four wickets in the first innings. "He is a special talent and has pace, nip and can swing the ball both ways which is ideal for a paceman, and augurs well for his future."

Aamer's spell, supported by Mohammad Asif, helped Pakistan bowl Australia out for 253. Given the inexperience in their batting line-up, a lot is expected from the Pakistan seam attack, and Akram was pleased with Aamer's development.

"Aamer has got a head start and is a quick learner, so I see no reason why he can't go on to become a leading fast bowler. He is already spearheading the Pakistan pace attack and watching him bowl, everything pitched up, banging in every delivery and testing the best batsmen in the world excited me no end," Akram said.

Akram however had some technical advice for the youngster. "What I noticed at Lord's and in the series in Australia is that he bowls wide of the crease. That may help the ball to come in, but on slower tracks it won't work, so he needs to bowl closer to the stumps," Akram said.

Akram also dismissed concerns that Aamer may struggle with injuries due to wiry build. "Some people say his physique is not that of a fast bowler, but he is only 18. He can strengthen his muscles with time and I am sure he will spend more time in the gym," Akram said.

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  • faisal on July 18, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Both are very best bowlers that pakistan have and ever produced the best pakistan team in my point of view

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Nazir/ Shauib Malik 3. Imran Farhat/ Yasir Hameed/ Saeed Anwar/ Azhar 4. Younis Khan 5. Umer Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohmmad Aamer 9. Mohmmad Asif/ Shaub Akthar/ Mohmmad Sammi/ Rao 1o. Umer Gul / Abdul Razak/ R Afridi 11. Spiners choose one or simply select Shauib Malik abd put him on 4 th position.

    all the players from 1 to 12 should know how to bat to have a perfect team one should be 100 percent to be champions again.. i may say the best team is this one and their positions are given as well. a best Pakistan team in current situations.

  • rahat on July 16, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    He is just saying that he is cleverer than Wasim was at 18 that shows potential.

    However that does not construe the fact that he will become as great as Wasim, there are so many other variables that makes one attain the inherent potential.

    Nobody can predict whether his potential will be realized or not so its useless to go in further discussion about this subject.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    i dont aggree with wasim akram that Amiris better then him at 18. one basic differance is the physial strength. Amir needs to get much stronger in order to prolong his career. the other reason for Amir not to be successful as wasim is the captian, wasim had the good fortune of having Imran Khan with him, where Amir is struggling alone.

  • Jos on July 16, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    @ AliHaydar, actually "cleverer than me" and "cleverer than I" are both wrong - it should actually be either "more clever then me" or "more clever than I was". ;-)

  • Nadeem on July 16, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    What I find amazing is simply the fact that there are those out there who think they know better than Waseem Akram when it comes to bowling. Ignorance, quite obviously, is not always a bliss - or perhaps, it is so only for the ignorant.

    It would be interesting to see what the bowling credentials of those are, who beg to differ with the living legend himself.

  • murtaza on July 16, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Wasim akram was the best bowler in cricket world no dout about taht, Wasim is right that Aamir is more talanted then him when he was 18. I am agree with Imran and Wasim that Irfan pathan at the age of 19 was better then Akram when he was 19. Akram was more out swing bowlerat 18, but Aamir can swing both ways at this stage, I want see him bowling at Indian and Pakistani wickets so we can see how good he is. I think Aamir is faster then Akram because he can bowl 150+ km/h, Akram bowled his fastest bowling during the 1990 til 1995 last time he bowled his fastest 1995 Rawalpindi test against Australians that spells were 150+km/h. As Stev Waugh said He faced one the most quikest bowling spells ever. I hop Aamir will play long time.

  • Amajd on July 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    agree with mrcruizy, our great hero is just backing the youngster, so please don't compare them, still early days, long journey ahead, i like his swing, confidence and aggressions, still remember his style after bowling tendulkar out,

  • Atif on July 16, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Wasim praised Irfan Pathan as well but he didn't live up to the expectations. Its a kind of norm with indian quicks they burst on the scene and then flatten out after a couple of years. So I guess its not waseem's fault to praise Irfan. Waseem saw the talent in him and said so but Irfan is responsible if he didn't work hard enough and performed up to the expectations and did justice with his talent.

    My all the best wishes with Aamer I am confident that he will transform into a world class performer with the advice and guidance of good experts around him in the form of Waqar and Aaqib.

  • jan on July 16, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    @ wasim never said Irfan is clever than him....he just said irfan is good talented bowler but he gave aamir upper doubt world may not produce another wasim akram....but mohammad amir is a serious talented bowler of pakistan hope he become more lethal in the future

  • Ali on July 16, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    As interesting as the discussion on Aamer is, the grammar of the title for this article on the homepage really offset it... It should be "Cleverer than I" rather than "me"; Wasim was quoted in a grammatically correct fashion, so the title should reflect that. I'm just saying, an editorial staff usually catches something like that before it hits the homepage...

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